[ hurz ]
/ hɜrz /


a form of the possessive case of she used as a predicate adjective: The red umbrella is hers. Are you a friend of hers?
that or those belonging to her: Hers is the biggest garden on the block. Hers are the yellow ones.

Nearby words

  1. herriot,
  2. herriot, édouard,
  3. herrmann,
  4. herrnhuter,
  5. herry,
  6. hers disease,
  7. hersage,
  8. herschel,
  9. herself,
  10. hersey

Origin of hers

1300–50; Middle English hirs, equivalent to hire her + -s 's1


[ hur; unstressed her, er ]
/ hɜr; unstressed hər, ər /


the objective case of she: We saw her this morning. Give this book to her.
the possessive case of she (used as an attributive adjective): Her coat is the one on the chair. I'm sorry about her leaving.Compare hers.
the dative case of she: I gave her the book.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun she in the predicate after the verb to be): It's her. It isn't her.


Slang. a female: Is the new baby a her or a him?

Origin of her

before 900; Middle English her(e), Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she (feminine of he1)

Usage note

See he1, me.


[ shee ]
/ ʃi /

pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.

the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
the woman: She who listens learns.
anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.

noun, plural shes.

a female person or animal.
an object or device considered as female or feminine.

Origin of she

1125–75; Middle English, alteration of Old English sēo, sīo, sīe, feminine of se the1; replacing Old English hēo, hīo, feminine personal pronoun; see he1, her

Usage note

See he1, me, they.

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British Dictionary definitions for hers


/ (hɜːz) /


something or someone belonging to or associated with herhers is the nicest dress; that cat is hers
of hers belonging to or associated with her

Word Origin for hers

C14 hires; see her


/ (hɜː, unstressed , ə) /

pronoun (objective)

refers to a female person or animalhe loves her; they sold her a bag; something odd about her; lucky her!
refers to things personified as feminine or traditionally to ships and nations
mainly US a dialect word for herself she needs to get her a better job


of, belonging to, or associated with herher silly ideas; her hair; her smoking annoys me

Word Origin for her

Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she, feminine of hēo he 1; related to Old High German ira, Gothic izōs, Middle Dutch hare


See me 1


/ (ʃiː) /

pronoun (subjective)

refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she's a fine mare
refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she's apples; she'll be right


  1. a female person or animal
  2. (in combination)she-cat

Word Origin for she

Old English sīe, accusative of sēo, feminine demonstrative pronoun


See me 1

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Word Origin and History for hers
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